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Testosterone and Menopause

by Cynthia Lombard, APRN, WHNP-BC



Many may associate testosterone with men, but it plays a crucial role in women's health as well, especially during menopause.


Testosterone is responsible for maintaining muscle mass and strength, which is vital for women during this stage of life. Research has shown that women who have lower testosterone levels during menopause are more likely to experience muscle weakness, loss of muscle mass, and overall reduced physical function. This can lead to decreased mobility, increased risk of falls and injuries, and a decline in overall quality of life.


Statistically, we know that a hip fracture in menopausal women comes with an increased risk of death within the first year after the fracture. It is crucial for healthcare providers and women going through menopause to recognize the importance of muscle in maintaining overall health and well-being.


Low dose testosterone for women can minimize the effects of reduced testosterone levels and aid in staying active and independent for years to come.


 

 

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